• Japan enhances amphibious interoperability with USN, USMC elements

    Key Points A Japanese Oosumi-class ship landing tank has conducted its first-ever operations with a US Wasp-class amphibious assault ship The operations, which included aircraft cross-deck landing exercises, are meant to boost amphibious interoperability between the two services A Japan Maritime

  • Risk of riots, raids, arson attacks against foreign mining companies in provinces increases, reflecting Kyrgyz government weakness

    Event On 11 April 2018, close to 500 residents of Kazarman village in Toguz-Toro district of Kyrgyzstan’s southern Jalal-Abad province entered the compound of the Kyrgyz-Chinese mining company GL Makmal Developing and burned construction equipment, office, laboratory and storage facilities.

  • Russia offers Il-112V to India

    Russia is pitching its Ilyushin Il-112V airlifter to India to fulfil that country’s Medium Transport Aircraft (MTA) requirement. Ilyushin said on 12 April that a proposal has been drawn up by Russia for the sale of the twin-turboprop to India, as that country looks to replace its ageing Avro

  • Tata launches new firm to consolidate defence businesses

    India’s Tata group has confirmed plans to consolidate its various businesses across aerospace and defence under a single entity. The new firm will be named Tata Aerospace & Defence (Tata A&D). In a press release on 11 April, Tata Sons – the holding entity for the Tata group

  • Ukraine receives BMP-1AK IFVs from Poland

    Ukraine has taken delivery of an unspecified number of BMP-1AK infantry fighting vehicles from Polish company Wtorplast, Jane’s has learned. The BMP-1AK is a bespoke vehicle for the Ukrainian ground forces, with AK standing for Anti Kumulyativnaya or anti-cumulative attacks. The primary

  • Australia’s ECLIPS launches containerised solar power system

    Canberra-based ECLIPS Engineering has developed the Container Roll-Out Solar System (CROSS), a rapidly deployable and relocatable photovoltaic (PV) system designed to reduce the dependence on diesel generators during military or humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations. CROSS

  • Chancellor's acknowledgement of Nord Stream 2 pipeline project's political impact indicates German government policy shift

    Event On 10 April 2018, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Berlin, and in remarks afterwards, stated that the envisaged Nord Steam 2 project would not be possible without Russia committing to Ukraine’s continued transit role in supplying natural

  • China speaks of ‘natural right’ to deploy ‘necessary military equipment’ to Spratly Islands

    China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) said that sending troops and setting up military equipment on the islands claimed by Beijing in the Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea (SCS) is part of its “natural right as a sovereign nation”. “The Nansha [also known as

  • Cobham wins further KF-X development contracts

    Cobham announced on 10 April that it had been awarded a contract by Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) to design and supply oxygen systems for the KF-X multirole fighter aircraft. According to Cobham, the new system will involve the development of a next-generation oxygen concentrator that will be

  • Defexpo 2018: DRDO showcases guided variant of Pinaka Mk II rocket

    India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) showcased a guided version of the locally developed 214 mm Pinaka Mk II rocket at the 11-14 April Defexpo 2018 exhibition in Chennai. The weapon, which is being developed by the DRDO’s Armament Research and

  • Defexpo 2018: India's Mahindra Defence signs MOU with Israel's Aeronautics for shipborne UAVs

    India’s Mahindra Defence signed a memorandum of understating (MOU) with Israel’s Aeronautics Limited on 11 April to licence-build the maritime version of the Orbiter 4 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for possible sale to the Indian Navy (IN). “The UAV will be capable of being

  • Defexpo 2018: Mahindra Group signs MOU with ShinMaywa to manufacture US-2i in India

    India’s Mahindra Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Japanese company ShinMaywa Industries Limited to potentially manufacture and assemble the US-2i amphibious search-and-rescue (SAR) aircraft in India. Announced on 11 April at the Defexpo 2018 exhibition in Chennai, the

  • Defexpo 2018: MBDA offers Indian variant of MMP ATGW

    MBDA has showcased a model of a ‘fifth-generation’ anti-tank guided-weapon (ATGW) at the 11-14 April Defexpo 2018 exhibition in Chennai as part of a project aimed at co-developing the weapon with Indian companies to meet Indian Army requirements. Named ATGM 5 and based on the

  • Defexpo 2018: MKU, Thales sign MOU to develop optronic devices and CQB rifles for Indian Army

    Thales and Indian defence firm MKU Limited have signed two memoranda of understanding (MOUs) for strategic co-operation in the development and production of optronic devices and F90 close quarter battle (CQB) rifles for the Indian Army (IA). In a 10 April statement the companies announced that the

  • India considers offset updates

    India is looking to introduce updates to the country’s defence offset policy later this year with potential measures including new incentives to spur direct investment in the country’s defence industrial base. Reports in India have said that measures being considered by the Ministry of

  • Indian industry lines up in support of US-2i procurement

    India’s Mahindra Defence announced on 11 April that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Japan’s ShinMaywa Industries to collaborate on the ShinMaywa US-2i amphibian aircraft that is being procured by the Indian government. Under the terms of the MOU, the two sides

  • South Korea’s STX Shipbuilding set for downsizing

    South Korean shipyard STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, which builds naval vessels for domestic and export markets, has submitted a restructuring proposal to the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB) to save the company from bankruptcy. KDB, one of the shipbuilder’s main creditors, said on 10

  • Thai marines to procure Elbit howitzers

    The Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) has signed a contract with Elbit to procure the Israeli company’s 155mm autonomous truck mounted howitzer system (ATMOS). The RTMC said in a statement that the contract was signed in late March and features the delivery of six ATMOS systems, which will be

  • Defexpo 2018: India, Russia finalise Ka-226T configuration

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Russian Helicopters have finalised the technical configuration of 200 Kamov Ka-226T ‘Hoodlum’ light multirole helicopters for the Indian military, according to a statement by Russian Helicopters. The company announced on 11 April at

  • India commissions first new Vikram-class OPV

    Key Points The Indian Coast Guard has commissioned its first 97 m Vikram-class offshore patrol vessel Platform validates the capabilities of Indian private shipyards to deliver on more complex Mil-Spec platform projects The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned its first new Vikram-class